Early Spring Notes: Life in the Garden During a Risky Time

There’s a glory of snowdrops in the backyard, glowing in the sun. One recent, warm day that included some sunshine, rare in this part of the world at this season, I strolled out in the afternoon and started cutting back last year’s stalks, as I do every year. Spring cleanup is always a messy process, what with stacking small bundles of stalks in various places, adding some to the compost heap, and dropping others to gradually add organic material to the soil. Seasonal rhythms are a little different when gardening with mostly native plants, while attempting to be in sync with the needs of birds and pollinators. As I work, I think the usual spring thoughts. The vernal equinox arrived with no fanfare among all the pandemic pandemonium and it’s cheering to know that we’ve crossed the threshold to longer, light-filled days.

Right now, stuck at home, unable to go to work, nearly everything closed due to the coronavirus, I am grateful to have a garden, to have a place that’s safe and out-of…

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